'The Jerry Grumman Show'

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Lost in Space?  All Things Unclear?   World Skeptics Day?

" ... successfully delivering national security satellites to orbit is an important part of SpaceX’s business. The launch, however, remains shrouded in mystery.  The top-secret satellite known only by a code name, “Zuma,” was a mystery from the start. Its classified mission was intentionally inscrutable, whether to detect missile launches, spy on adversaries or track ships at sea with a space radar. The satellite was so highly secretive that it was not publicly released which government agency — The National Reconnaissance Office? The CIA? — was responsible for it. During the launch on the evening of Jan. 7, SpaceX cut short its webcast so that it wouldn’t reveal details of where the satellite was going or what it looked like.

Now there’s another mystery:  "Northrop Grumman, the satellite’s manufacturer, said it could not comment on a classified mission. As members of Congress began requesting classified briefings about what, if anything, went wrong, Pentagon officials were also mum..."   After a bitter legal and lobbying battle, the Pentagon certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 for the missions and now is relying on SpaceX to reliably fly its satellites to orbit.   Furthermore, NASA is counting on Elon Musk’s company to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, with test flights as early as this year.  U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who said he received a “preliminary briefing,” had two concerns about the possible loss of the satellite.  “One is the loss of the intelligence that would have been available,” he said. “The second concern is the reliability of the delivery systems. And that issue is being debated between the contractors.”

"Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," read the message, ALL in capital letters."  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JewSFEb4D6Y

"The Honolulu Star also said emergency officials had sent the message by mistake, although it is not yet known how it happened." 

Zwinge & 'Woo Woo'

"No sirens were blaring. No guns were drawn. Nobody was screaming or shouting. But in the blink of an eye, the love of the Amazing Randi's life — the man he had shared a home with for two dozen years — vanished. "I was totally bewildered by it, and I'm in the business of bewildering people," he said. "I didn't know which way to turn. It was the hardest moment of my life. I've been dangled over Niagara Falls, but nothing compares to this — nothing."

"Randi decided in the early 1970s that his expertise in magic could be put to greater use than mere entertainment. He set forth to expose psychics, faith healers, anyone who made a profit using "supernatural" powers. A bit of a witch-hunt. He'd calibrated the telescope so that I could see Saturn with the rings. Then Saturn left the viewfinder, and I said, 'It moved.' Randi said, 'No, the Earth moved.'

"William Rodríguez was a former janitor at the North Tower of the World Trade Centre  during and was in the basement when AAF11 crashed into the building. After the attacks he received several awards for heroism for helping in the evacuation of many survivors. As a young man, Rodriguez worked under the stage name "Roudy" as an assistant to a magician.

"Miss Machon, 40, who now lives in Dusseldorf, Germany, with her new partner blamed the Government and the intelligence services for causing Mr Shayler's current condition,  Dalores Kane. Meanwhile, Mr Shayler spoke of his new life with eight other squatters with whom he moved into Hackhurst Farm in Abinger Hammer, near Dorking, Surrey at the end of June. (2009)"

An Honest Liar.

"A fresh vote could "kill off" the Remain campaign for a generation."  "If he actually believes that, I would say he was wrong," Mr Bolton told the BBC's Daily Politics. But he said Mr Farage had been making a "call to arms" to "mobilise the entire Leave campaign". Mr Farage said a second referendum would stop the "whinging and whining" of anti-Brexit campaigners."

"The future of troubled engineering company Carbillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBB understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high-speed rail scheme, schools into prisons.  The firm has a "matter of days" as it teeters on the edge of collapse, with £1.5bn of debt including a short person.   Chance Cable said the government must not bail out.  The struggling construction company, the second largest in the UK,  "force the shareholders and indeed the creditors, the big banks, to fake losses, and then the government can take responsibility.  Taking the contracts forward and making sure they are not delivered."

"One man shouted “No to the EU” and another displayed a US flag."

"One is the loss of the intelligence that would have been available,” “The second concern is the reliability of the delivery systems. And that issue is being debated between the contractors, SpaceX and the satellite manufacturer, Northrop.” While he said he did not know who was to blame, he indicated that the dispute might lead to litigation. “Those two companies are going to have a long and, I suspect, very expensive discussion."

The Pot Thickens.

"But believe it or not, October 13 is International Skeptics Day. Or is it? While there is not enough concrete evidence about how or when this annual “holiday” began, International Skeptics Day is also celebrated on January 13th and/or the first Friday in January."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G11AhAIf18A

 

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Henry Quick Pick

Rock  Shock Horror ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dzxGlcErUo

A UK Politician has legitimate relationship with young woman :

"He warned supporters to expect media coverage of a "change in my relationship status" but denied a "clandestine affair"...

He urged UKIP supporters not to allow the relationship to distract him or the party from their "vital mission", promising a "significant ramping up" of political activity in the coming months."

"Since her release Manning has remained active on social media, and has continued to discuss issues such as government transparency, free speech and transgender rights.

It comes down to "seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship".

I'm only *0, but I hope to use it to pursue a variety of passions, help my family and do some good for humanity," His lawyer said his client had "retired" from his job at a company that carried out employment background checks.

Using a "Quick Pick" option that selects the numbers randomly.

"If there is one thing I have learned thus far in my short time on this earth it is that those who maintain a positive mindset and stay true to themselves get rewarded,"

"I look forward to the future."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvnYmWpD_T8

 

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Litte Red Corvette

"This is stone-cold crazy. After a week of crazy."

The White House, of course, defended their man as being more than capable enough to be on the council, pointing out his Navy service.

"It was not a demotion, White House officials said, but the reasons for the change were not clear. Perhaps, just by shaking up the old order, the appointment had done its job.

"I've got my hands back on my weapons," he said. "It's Bannon the Barbarian."

Bannon's backers cut their ties with him, he left the powerful right-wing media empire Breitbart, and the future of the man behind some of Trump's most headline-grabbing policies has been left up in the air.

Disorder was the new order in the White House. He and Trump were creating conflict and confusion.

Somewhere, somehow, Bannon the master string-puller will re-emerge - possibly in a different guise.

The puller of strings ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IQE62Vn4_U

Food shortages have led to many cases of severe malnutrition, and a UN report in November said some residents in 'insert your own' had been reduced to eating animal fodder and even rubbish.

Xanax has seen a sharp rise in popularity in the past year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TYv2PhG89A

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The Spirit of Free Enterprise

"No one ever lost money doing business with the government: it was too stupid and had too much money. So went the old saying. Carillion has just proved it wrong. Britain’s second biggest construction company and state contractor has gone into liquidation.  Accountants must reallocate to other firms the billions of pounds in contracts for prisons, schools, hospitals, railways and military bases. It must somehow underpin these contracts, which will cost money. Fiasco or not, the nation’s business must go on...  "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tid44iy6Rjs

"The company’s demise is attributable to favouritism, cost escalation, excessive risk, obscene remuneration and reckless indebtedness..."

Best not mention the NHS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3J1AO9z0tA

"The Carillion affair must deliver at least some return to the public, that of a painful lesson learned. And we must know what it is."

The NHS has instead pushed through painful austerity measures while putting society in a stranglehold. Democratic politics would have ensured that there would have been some public buy-in for the bitter economic medicine Independence have had to swallow in recent months.

The NHS should be concerned about what is going on in this country. Yet it seems absorbed in Momentum to himself.

Unite dismissed the analysis as "completely over-the-top scaremongering".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZTH3HdE8Sg

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/15/carillion-failure-...

Yet I fully recognise the offence they have caused.

I would defend your right to say it...

The G4S Hilton is Now serving all you can eat breakfast  for the sake of jobs, the economy and the next generation ..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_7PfocHTmc

So we're teaming up with Northern, the rail operator, to offer you the chance to travel anywhere on the network all day for a tenner - or for £17.50 all weekend.

He claimed he was a council contractor and her tree needed cutting down or she would be 'in trouble.'

She continues to maintain her innocence and insists the painkillers she had in her suitcase were for signing a 38-page statement in Arabic, but was instead taken to a prison cell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmGP4o272ac

https://www.serco.com/news/media-releases/2017/serco-signs-contract-for-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuSHOQ6gv5Y

Where there is an act of insolvency  the council is able to terminate the lease and take back possession. Unite described the deal as “a landmark agreement which will now set the benchmark for pay rates on flagship construction projects throughout the UK.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOw44VFNk8Y

“some EU agencies have published guidance to business outlining that the UK will become a third country when we stop being a member state”

A tragic irony of Exit is that it risks turning into the unbalanced thing it was falsely said to be.

Yet now that the shackles are loose, the cell door unlocked, life on the outside is losing its allure, even for once eager escapees.

Fears are growing among Hinkley Point contractors about their ability to recruit enough workers on the job.

The UK abides by the rules but loses its seat at tables where the rules are written.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

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Star Walls

"it's a no-brainer: I would rather face the dangers in space than go back to a war zone."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWhl_moTPfg

"When people come back from space, I see how much they want to go again."

"An effort by Republicans to keep the government open for one month was rejected in a vote on Friday night after they failed to address Democratic concerns about young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLHUWQin9Eg

Exorcism?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n56lJ8fa1DU

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/20/us-government-faces-shut...

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Quadrillo & Psycho Therapy

"Until last year I’d never been in a protest. Now I’m due in court for trying to stop this destructive industry ruining our landscape ... I do feel deeply about inhumanity, greed, the wrecking of the planet, but thus far I had confined myself to petition-signing, infrequent letter-writing and furious, but powerless, indignation in the company of like-minded friends... insensed.

"because of the physical distance – a three-hour round trip from my home ... I began to feel part of the movement. I saw what was happening to the rich green fields and heard Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, boasting about “the biggest gas field in Europe”. I wanted to sweep. The question of what I could do about it became a constant presence."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRzMtlZjXpU

"He says he left because the party had achieved its aims, ie UK independence, but also because of poor leadership.

Along with five other councillors, Norman's now part of the Independent Group on the council, which is independent from the independent Independents.

If you understood that, you can hear him tell us why he quit UKIP..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xo0qs2ywlc

 

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Improvement Works

"From Monday 22 January, work will begin on various areas. On New Borough, paving works and footpath widening will take place and the ranks will be repositioned into St Hildas.

This will enhance the appearance and improve facilities for pedestrians in the area. A temporary road closure will be in place during the works and there will be a signed diversion...

Member for Castle division and president of the chamber of trade and commerce, said:

“It has been a long-term intention to create a much stronger pedestrian link between the town centre and the seafront and this is a step towards achieving that.

We hope it will increase pedestrian flow to the lower part of the town. I hope residents and visitors will support the local businesses during the works and we would like to apologise in advance for any disruption these works might cause.”"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyN2f7jA5Z0

“They have proven that they are incapable of the most basic functions of government such as keeping the lights on,” says Representative Linda Sanchez. “How can we trust them to face the many challenges our country faces?”

“A lot of shit comes out of that hole,” Dinzes said."

A Quick Poke :

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/jan/20/womens-marches-prot...

Must be a Swamp thing :-/

https://twitter.com/astro_jeanette?lang=en

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nlbuIi7fK8

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2017/12/19/crew-from-u-s-russia-and-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG0ochx16Dg

 

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Politics goes Pop

"The Time’s Up movement was also an obvious topic of conversation at the festival, a day ahead of the Women's Marches accross the country and the Respect Rally at Sundance The movement, Will.i.am bemoaned, “should have happened a long time ago.”

But on the subject of female empowerment, Will.i.am argued that he can’t empower a woman himself. “A man doesn’t have the power to empower a woman,” he said. “All a man can do is acknowledge the power of a woman. I don’t have the power to give a woman, when a woman gave power to me. So our society is all effed up.”

http://variety.com/2018/music/news/will-i-am-sexism-music-industry-times...

"UKIP leader Henry Bolton has said the party's national executive committee (NEC) has no right to sit in judgement on his personal life.

And he warned that UKIP faced extinction if the NEC voted to get rid of him as leader when it meets later.

Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend.

He told the BBC' the NEC was "not a court of moral judgement".

He said he had ended the "romantic element" of his relationship with Jo Marney after she sent texts saying Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle would "taint" the Royal Family.

But he said he would "support her in rebuilding her life", which he said had been "turned on its head"...

UKIP's MEP for the North East of England said UKIP had "shifted" its stance on religious and cultural issues to a degree he could not support."

http://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/colette-review-keira-knightley-1202...

Thou must not Scratch...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eocCPDxKq1o

Not quite Henry VIII.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-says-voters-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7yjRxZIUvQ

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The Bermuda Triangle

"Up to 1 million people in the UK are taking anabolic steroids and other image- and performance-enhancing drugs (IPEDs) to change the way they look, public health experts and doctors have said.

This ranges from teenagers seeking the perfect physique to elderly men hoping to hang on to youthful looks.

Research suggests that appearance rather than sporting performance is the reason ...

... for a majority of Police forces and border officials are seeing an increase in the number of underground laboratories “cooking” steroids in the UKthose now using anabolic steroids and other IPEDs."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzEcjPfRbds

"The government is expected this week to begin a nationwide search for a community willing to host an underground nuclear waste dump to store highly radioactive material for thousands of years...

The project is expected to cost £12bn, spread over a century. The government will bear 55% of the cost, owners of new-build plants such as EDF another 35%, and the final 10% will be covered by a liability fund set aside by previous nuclear operators."

About those Zip wires...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqh5nAu0CqA

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/21/search-area-willing-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX5Rcv-rwr4

"To grant (a person) a furlough; to give leave of absence to," is what they will find when they open them ... It could yet infiltrate British conversations, although it might require a US-style shutdown at Westminster to do it."

"Where would a man like this head to? Why, dear old London town, of course, where half the oligarchs, thieves, spies, spivs and shits on the planet are welcomed... When we talk of tax havens laundering dirty money, we should think of London and New York as well as the Virgin Islands and Bermuda...."

Oh go on then ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIMe-9HSRdI

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/21/the-guardian-view-...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRWbIoIR04c

Orange.

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The Chameleon Mask

"The past few years have given us a vast array of technological advancements to help us completely avoid the horrors of human interaction.

Worry not, lifeless machines will spare you of all that..."

"THE ugly, alien tide of plastic washing over our precious coastline was much in evidence after high winds blew through Yorkshire. These should be pristine places, not dumping grounds. But go anywhere along the Yorkshire coast, from Spurn in the south to Sandsend in the north, and it’s the same."

"MPs voted by 236 to 220 to support an amendment that saw Conservative and Labour members come together to support a full programme of works that is likely to result in the Commons relocating to a venue in Whitehall from the middle of the next decade.   MPs decided that the risk of a major fire was so great that a total refurbishment costing at least £3.5bn was necessary. It would be the first time either house had moved out of the Victorian-era palace since the Commons chamber was destroyed by a bomb in 1941. Under the plan, the Commons and Lords would move off site in 2025 for an estimated six years."

“I’m delighted that parliament did not duck a decision on its future. We now need a clear plan and to watch costs closely. It’s time we got a grip and made a decision."

And once I added it all up, it’s staggering.

Rekimoto reportedly described the experience of using Chameleon Mask as "surprisingly natural," which does sound surprising.

"This isn’t like installing low-energy lightbulbs, or using public transport more often instead of the car, in order to reduce pollution. Anyone can choose to take such deliberate steps to change their behaviour, but plastic is so much a part of the fabric of everyday life it simply cannot be avoided. I’m typing this on a plastic keyboard connected by plastic-coated cables to a laptop with a plastic casing. The plastic phone has just rung and I jotted notes of the conversation with a plastic ballpoint pen."

"Bryant said the palace was heated by a high-pressure steam heating system that “could burst at any time.”  “I see no signs to visitors, saying welcome to the death trap.”

"I’m about to make a cuppa using a teabag that also contains plastic and boiling water from a plastic kettle...  if that means our beaches being washed only by the sea, and not by a tide of detritus, it can’t happen soon enough."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj49jiCJmRM

"Just hire someone to do the moving for you while you beam your face onto a Chameleon Mask from the comfort of your bed and offer words of encouragement."

Duck.

The Moon is the same size it was last week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffliTGPb1nY

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Space Sports

"Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy mission, the company is getting back to its routine with another Falcon 9 launch this weekend. The rocket is slated to take off from California early Sunday morning, sending up an Earth-observation satellite called Paz for Spain...

Of course, there’s a lot of complexity to the system that SpaceX needs to figure out first. The company needs to be able to simultaneously coordinate thousands of satellites in non-geostationary orbit at all times, meaning they won’t stay in a fixed position above the planet. And then there’s the technology needed to receive the internet on Earth. The satellites will constantly be moving over different patches of land, so the receiving antennas will need to be able to rapidly figure out which satellite is best to communicate with at any given time..."

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/15/17016208/spacex-falcon-9-launch-starl...

"The top figure in Britain's £40bn maritime sector has said liaising with the Government over Brexit is like "banging your head against a brick wall".

David Dingle, the chairman of industry body Maritime UK, urged ministers to put "pragmatism over politics" as he warned of a possible "meltdown" at Britain's ports on the day the country leaves the EU...

He insisted his industry is "shouting loudly" about their concerns, but suggested there has been little response from ministers.

"You do feel as if you are banging your head against a brick wall," he said.

"Until this Government can find a resolution we're going to have to go on banging our heads against a brick wall."

Mr Dingle added: "We are lost in politics and we want pragmatism over politics."

The UK's maritime sector comprises Britain's shipping industry and ports, as well as services such as ship financing and manufacture, including the building of superyachts.

It is estimated to support close to one million jobs and contribute around £40bn to Britain's GDP..."

https://www.space.com/39691-window-sizes-spacecraft-blue-origin-virgin-g...

http://newsthump.com/2018/02/12/flat-earth-space-agency-to-launch-satell...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCATeDpc8-I

 

 

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A Tree Shake

It's sad to hear, then, that one of Wales' oldest trees which was probably planted almost a millennium ago has fallen down.

The quake was felt over all of Wales, most of western England, as far east as London and as far north as the southern edge of the Lake District, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

"I've just spoken to my team, we've had a quick batting around of the different options and we'll continue doing that over the next few days."

The epicentre was approximately 20km north-north-east of Swansea and at a depth of 7.4km, it added.

The tree, the Buttington Oak, was spotted fallen in its field two miles from the town of Welshpool, Powys, just months after it had been split in half  by 867 votes to 500 & strong winds.

"I ran outside - I was shaking like a leaf... The cat went outside before me, so she must have known."

From Connah's Quay in north Wales... it was "the most excitement I've had on a Saturday afternoon for a while".

63% voted to back a no confidence motion at an extraordinary general meeting

It was just a split second. We can't see anything damaged."

I get a lot of fat wood pigeons jumping up and down on my chimney and I first of all thought the noise was them but they must have put on a heck a lot of weight to make the house shake," she told the BBC.

According to Rob, the oak tree had huge cultural significance as it was a pollard - a tree that had had its upper branches removed and had been planted in the field manually.

... she swore a little bit it felt like "a washing machine breaking down".

"We heard the walls crack and there was a bit of juddering," he added he heard a bang and the settee moved.

"All the neighbours were out asking 'what's happening?'"

No need for you to contact the Emergency Services unless you have something to report ie he had "not finished in politics yet".

Events of this magnitude happen in the UK every three to five years, the BGS said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjIVSVGMWEk

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/17/another-reason-for...

"You probably haven't heard of the Battle of Buttington - it took place in 893 between a Viking army and an alliance of Anglo-Saxons and the Welsh.

The battle resulted in the invading Vikings being cornered in a fortification, when they starved after several weeks and were eventually defeated by the combined English and Welsh army.

It's sad that this piece of ancient British history is gone for good. Looks like we'll just have to plant some new trees to make up for it.

Oh, OK :-)

http://www.ladbible.com/news/uk-an-english-oak-tree-thats-1000-years-old...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h7E5rtnFH4

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Adonis & The Ditch

"The idea that Britain might need and get a new political party has, within the space of about a year, gone from intriguing possibility to standing joke.

It doesn’t help, of course, that there has been a steady stream of people popping up to launch their own version, none of whom has had any serious public profile or backing from major political players. The Times published a chart this week showing 51 new parties were created last year. There have been 13 already in 2018..."

 

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A Spring Statement

Cabinet ministers have been discussing ways to funnel more money to the South of England, including potential future tax rises or a specific tax for health.

You know when he has entered a room. First there is a hush and, almost immediately after that, a ripple of infectious laughter. Next, there he is, his face creased into a mischievous smile, his eyes twinkling behind his tinted spectacles.

There will be no policy announcements or tax and spending measures.

Contemporary accounts describe an astonishing complex of temples, reading rooms, gardens and lodging houses; a veritable city with pointed turrets, sparkling roof tiles, glimmering lotus ponds and peaceful flowering groves.

He is set to unveil consultations on a single-use plastics tax and a possible tax on the profits of digital giants

Apparently his doctor has told him he needs to reduce how much he travels, but looking at his schedule this only seems to mean that he now travels once a fortnight rather than every week.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel, because what we're about to see is debt starting to fall, after it's been growing for 17 continuous years. That's a very important moment for us,"... "a wolf in monk's clothes"

The tradition has become increasingly entwined with a strain of toxic and often violent nationalism.

"start to think about how we spend that bonus that comes as soon as we stop sending so much money to the NHS as contributions".

I brace myself.

"You see this country traditionally rich in the knowledge of emotion." 

The chicken giant has launched legal action, accusing Fernando's in Reading of copying its name and images.

"You Britishers introduced modern education!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2SoGHFM18I

"I could very easily have been talking to you now having lost Boaty under the ice rink and having no way of getting it back"

The government thought that inappropriate but decided to keep the humorous moniker for the autonomous underwater vehicles that will operate from the Attenborough's deck when it enters full service in 2019.

http://newsthump.com/2018/03/11/jeremy-corbyn-elected-leader-of-ukip/

"One day he's going to come across a buried anvil !"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tL4CXZS0JA

 

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2000 Days On Mars

Nasha's Curiosity rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is celebrating 2,000 martian days (sols) investigating Gale Crater on the Red Planet. In that time, the robot has made some remarkable observations. Here are just a few of them, chosen by the Curiosity Science Team:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/mar/19/big-farming-...

Mint Sauce & Dr Who :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzkkcN3Aw2U

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/mar/06/underwater-footage-o...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnZztoir0jI

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43489246

Odd Bods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6HD49PQE5Q

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The 1940's & 3%

Suddenly lots of people are waking up and asking themselves questions. Did I really give permission for it to be collected and stored?

And, even more seriously, have I handed over my friends' data to be stored on some Californian server?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ORuMDK_i14

Another week in crypto-land has passed us by and, of course, it wouldn't be complete without a heady proclamation from the converted.

The council is now seeking the views of local people as they propose the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order.

The world ultimately will have a single currency, the internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be hitcoin...[this will play out] probably over ten years, but it could go faster..

The year is 2028: Stormy Rees is World President, ruling the smog-darkened skies of mother earth with a waifish fist.

Firstly I would like to thank local people and businesses for their patience and understanding following Sunday’s disclosure the safety of spectators was our prime concern, we simply could not take the risk of many adults and children  enjoying the sunshine and entertainment in the area.

Hitcoin is the global currency following the Hodling Uprising of '21, funded by a shadowy triumvirate: Satoshi, revealed to be Alan Sugar, and the Winkleveii.

An hour or so later an email arrived with a link to click and I was downloading a 675MB folder chronicling all life on the network since I signed up in 2007.

"We are aware that the vehicles were dispersed to other parts of Scarborough and subsequently received a huge increase in calls for service due to antisocial driving.”

At first sight there was nothing very troubling - But then I clicked on a file called contacts. To provide increased powers for the future

The powers under the order will include a number of prohibited activities to prevent people enjoy the town and all it has to offer without being in fear for their safety or feeling intimidated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1zQXumoh_g

We are aware that the vehicles were dispersed to other parts of Scarborough and subsequently received a huge increase in calls for service. Using that power, they have directed much of the world's resources towards one end:

The incessant hum of graphic processors has become the soundtrack to life on earth, as fresh hitcoin is mined and recycled in an endless loop.

This is not the most startling example of data collection. At least one user has reported an Android has somehow ended up being stored by Mark Zuckerberg's company.

Marine Drive & the Global M1, which is a measure of the world's total 'narrow money' - money readily available to spend - is $41 trillion, according to the SBC.

If M1 continues to grow at its thirty year OECD average of 16%, then M1 will be $210trn by 2028. Split across the projected 20,367,000 rocks in circulation, each of the figital tokens would be worth just over $10m. The purported stash of anonymous would be valued at $10trn. Assuming the Winklevoss twins don't spend their fortune, it would come to just short of $1trn. Together, they will control 5 per cent of the world's parking meters.

I cannot remember what happened ... then I noticed that at the top of the list were some numbers that cannot have been sucked into the SBC machine a decade ago because I had only added them in recent weeks.

Representations should be made no later than 12 midnight on 20 April 2018.

Now, it has been well chronicled that mining uses a lot of energy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBdoTyC3V34

In any case, SBC insists it never shares this data with anyone else. Lets pick some numbers out of the air. We won't pretend these are exact, it's just an attempt to wave in the direction of the orders of magnitude involved.

By 2028, the mining reward of 3.13 hitcoins will total $32m in our thought experiment, so operational costs will be a mammoth $19m.

Say four-fifths of mining costs are electricity, so the energy cost for mining will be $15m. Each block contains roughly 1,500 transactions, meaning each transaction will cost $10,374.

Throw that sort of money at a transaction, at an SBC average cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hour, and the energy use per transaction would be 101,114 kWh.

That compares to the 847 kWh energy usage Digiconimist estimates for transactions today.

“Cruising” is defined as two or more motor vehicles (including motorbikes) being on or in a highway or a public place (as defined in the Act), where any such vehicle or occupant of a vehicle performs any of the Prohibited Activities listed below:

Floating nuclear power-plants bob over sunken lower-Manhattan, gargantuan hydro-electric dams feed off dissolving ice caps and sub-Saharan Africa is decked in solar-paneled splendour.

Costs have a tendency to come down, right? Lets generously assume hitcoin mining makes efficiency gains of 99 per cent over the next decade, so the kWh usage per transaction in 2028 will be 1,011.

"Putting this order in will also have a huge knock on with other groups such as the Scooter Weekend."

Our world domination scenario implies a rather larger increase in transaction volumes, however.

According to the 2017 World Payments Report, there were 433bn non-cash transactions in 2015. If electronic payments continue to increase by 10 per cent each year, this number will hit 1.5trn by 2028.

Were SBC to account for all of these transactions, the energy cost would be 1,511,484 terawatt hours.

For context, the world consumed 24,861 terawatt hours in 2016, according to BP.

"The meets bring in a huge amount of revenue to local businesses. People come from across the country for the sole purpose of attending. One car club from Belgium has come to Scarborough before just for the meet."

The largest nuclear power plant in the US, Arizona's Palo Verde, contributed a measly 34 terawatts to this figure. This is the fifth year the Static Royals meets have been taking place in Scarborough with around six taking place each year.

The company is right to say this is common practice. And if you think it is creepy that SBC is storing this information a single currency future might need somewhere in the region of 44,000 nuclear power plants.

Given what they have learned over the last week about how that information may have been used, many SBC users may not be inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Feel free to argue for different orders of magnitude in the comments, but bear in mind that the World Nuclear Association counts 450 reactors in operation today.

"It was all authorised. Everything was done the same way it has been done since we started.

"They say it was a last minute decision to shut the street. For the council to shut a road it usually takes weeks."

For a man who has made his millions from centralising both communication - Twitter - and payments - Square - Mr Darcey seems awfully bullish about a decentralised future. We're not so sure the world is ready for the Winkleveii to have so much power.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh5tmI1r-vM

And Privacy International said there had been no public debate about the rapid rollout of this practice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXq2ziVkK38

 

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The Good Night Wolves

"The Night Wolves, a Russian motorcycle gang known as “Putin’s Angels” and widely feared as agents of meddling and mayhem beyond Russia’s borders, provoked more bemusement and giggles than awe on their latest outing, a nine-day tour  designed to show that Russia still had some fervent friends left in Europe.

Instead of roaring into town amid throbbing engines and clouds of smoke, the tattooed, potbellied bikers arrived by car and minivan a would-be state born in bloodshed during the wars of the 1990s.

During that last visit home, his wife was drinking heavily and a man turned up on his doorstep around midnight.

Anxious about the cold weather, they left their bikes behind in Moscow but did bring along leather vests, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a “press secretary,” a snarling Russian woman whose main job was to keep away the press..."

"These eminent landowners had a similar letter published in the Times newspaper.

There, they claimed “There is enough gas on the world market” failing to acknowledge that transporting gas across the globe does not offer energy security, create tax revenue nor “save the planet”.

“Do you know what I’ve been through?  Reached by telephone in Spain, she politely declined to comment."

"At a time of growing alarm over Russia’s readiness for reckless action ... the bikers’ so-called Tour de Yorkshire set nerves on edge, highlighting how easily Russia can keep everyone off balance by dialing tensions up and down with low-cost foreign forays."

"Of course I would never, ever, turn away my children in any situation. Our home is their home, and were they to come back for whatever reason I would welcome them with open arms. But I hope that never happens."

"The Night Wolves billed their tour, funded with a $41,000 grant from the Kremlin, as a “pilgrimage” meant to showcase drinking sessions with local nationalist hot heads — in such secrecy that they stoked concern over creating tension and getting attention — it is like a dog running after a car."

"Few residents are landowners and many are far from privileged, they at least may value a secure, affordable and plentiful supply of energy which also creates jobs, business investment and tax revenues to help pay for all the public services that we expect.

It may interest those landowners that the “grass roots” of the anti-fracking movement has many supporters of far left political group, Momentum."

“We have received nothing  a former American protégé who has morphed into a hard-line nationalist. “We had a promise but got nothing. We are a bit disappointed.”

Instead, the Night Wolves, such a motley crew that one local newspaper asked whether it would not have been better for Welcome to Yorkshire to send some ballet dancers."

"That the Night Wolves are not just another group of motorcycle enthusiasts, never mind human rights activists, however, has been evident since the Communist Party of Britain aims to “put Britain on the road to a socialist revolution”.

Come the revolution the cry of “Keep off our land” may well fall on deaf ears and the “land grab” will certainly bring relief to the anxiety felt by those Yorkshire landowners when its members traveled, this time with their bikes, to Cry me a River to set up road blocks and provide other support for an orchestrated takeover of the Filey peninsula of the Black Sea.

Washington takes such a dim view of the Night Wolves that the Treasury Department placed the gang on a sanctions list in December 2014, accusing the bikers of kidnapping, assault and close ties to Russia’s security services. It has since added various affiliates, like a sheep shop in Moscow, to the list.

A spokesman said: “The time scale for the thefts is since December when the farmer last did a full inventory.” North Yorkshire Police said about 40 lambs were stolen from a farm in Thought Baahsh*tt."

Between six and seven million young people aged between 15 and 34 live with their parents, according to the Office for National Statistics.

"This is a million up on 20 years ago, driven largely by the high cost of housing and increasing pressure on young people’s finances, including the need to repay student debt."

“These guys are not good-will ambassadors — we can all be sure about that,”

"His apparent return from the grave was also hard for friends and family. His mother was hospitalized for three days with shock after seeing him. One old acquaintance almost fainted when he walked up to her. “Reliu, MTV, is it really you?’’ she said."

The Night Wolves gang, which has local branches around the region, he added, are part of an “extremist ecosystem” nurtured by late-night arguments about lights being turned on and off, no squabbles about clothing lost in our “black hole” laundry basket, and - best of all - our food bill plummeted.

I feel strongly that, dire emergencies aside, it is better for them if they stay away and carve out their own life.

"As the bikers started out on their meandering journey the United States put down markers of its own by sending the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs on a diplomatic tour of the region.

The parallel tours, one by a button-down American diplomat, the other by a group of unkempt bikers, are all part of a long struggle for influence in an unstable region with an unhappy history of inciting wars and an insatiable appetite for great power conspiracy theories.

“At the airport in Bucharest, I was surrounded by customs officials. They said, ‘You’re dead,’” he recalled with disbelief. “I thought they were joking. I was the only one who didn’t know. The people who escorted me off the plane knew, everyone knew except me.”

“Spying is a very popular game in the Balkans,” said Stormy Rees a professor of international relations at the Uniformdotcom . “People here greatly enjoy intrigue and conspiracies.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCgjDtKWq6o

What to Pack for a Trip to Budapest:

Comfortable Quality Sleep Mask

The Thermal Pools

Lightweight Day Pack

Sun Protection

Pen & Notebook

Collapsible Water Bottle & Lip Balm

A Boomerang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd521kE7f0A

Ms. Misra Malone recommends Wirecutter’s pick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjqAHPu097c

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Away Days

"Like a jumbo jet circling overhead, the debate over Heathrow expansion seems to have rumbled on for years. Yet now the national policy statement has been announced, the decision will be made at rapid speed. Parliamentary protocol dictates that a Commons vote must follow within 21 days.

Current political vibes suggest that Grayling is so frightened of losing control – and possibly his job – he is urging a snappy three-line Government whip..."

"Airport bosses said the homes plan, approved by the planning committee chairman’s casting vote in March, would provide £25m of revenue to support the airport.

But it reignited concerns about the future of flights and prompted campaigners to predict “death by a thousand cuts”.

"If two kids can question why it’s not feasible to fly to many US destinations from airports in Yorkshire and the North, why can’t the Secretary of State for Transport take it on board too?"

"The Transport Secretary should be careful what he wishes for. This is more than a vote about an airport. It is a timely reminder of the Prime Minister’s 2017 General Election manifesto promise to listen to the North.

Tomorrow marks a year since Mrs May was returned to Downing Street. So far, we are not impressed by her efforts."

“But we can’t continue to put £200,000 a month into a loss making activity. There are no guarantees here.”

"And then we wonder why our so-called national transport policy is so piecemeal and chaotic. If this is the way irrevocable decisions are made, it’s a wonder anyone reaches anywhere on time."

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/jayne-dowle-heathrow-airpor...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9ml3nyww80

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/campaigners-question-12...

"I'm wearing a face mask and goggles for protection, as are all of those working so hard to find their colleagues. But when I remove the mask, there is no smell of sulphur as I had expected, just dusty smoke."

"Transport is more than a means of getting from A to B. It’s the lifeblood of society, pumping prosperity through its veins. It’s time that all politicians took it seriously and considered exactly where their loyalties lie."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44392148

"You don't need to be a great military tactician to understand that when fighting a battle you need to hit your opponent where it hurts."

https://www.southteesdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Master-Plan-19.10...

lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H87yGvoCNHU

"I think I do have like an issue with, uh, time. It's been true since…   when we were catching the bus to school, he would lie to me about the time. And he would always say it was earlier than it actually was and then I would get there slightly after that — and then we would actually be able to catch the bus,"

http://finanster.com/2018/06/06/elon-musk-i-think-i-do-have-like-an-issu...

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/underwater-data-centre-installed-on-the-seabe...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX3bN5YeiQs

Oh OK: ?

"Trading normally begins at 08:00 each weekday, but Thursday's opening session did not begin until 09:00."

lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0xOgFDXFg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OPc7MRm4Y8