Wednesday, 30 November 2011
A UKPA headline:
Nobody touched it.
UK ponders response to embassy raidPonders? Here's an idea for anyone down the Foreign office, if they care to listen: Take a page out of the old Soviet play book and tell the Iranians what Brezhnev told the Iranian ambassador after he was invited (i.e. frogmarched in his jammies between two large KGB agents) to a meeting at the Kremlin in 1979 after the American embassy fell (I paraphrase, but he wasn't kidding). "Students? *&$%! I know it was you and if our embassy is touched, I will vapourise Tehran."
Nobody touched it.
|What we could be again, if we choose.|
This is intolerable and there is no reason for it. For a small fraction of what we waste on the European Empire, "climate change" and Socialist nonsense, we could be fielding a half dozen carrier groups built around Nimitz-class equivalent nuclear supercarriers commissioned inside of ten years and not even feel the pinch.
Britain isn't in decline, she's being murdered.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
The ironic thing is that Priestman invokes the Internet as his inspiration. What he seems to forget is that the digital networks, like motor cars and aeroplanes, aren't as dependant on massive infrastructure as railways and telephone systems. We live in an age where a Third World country can have an entire telecommunications system installed without stringing a single wire. Odds are, the transportation system of the future will be based on cars and planes: Intelligent, flexible systems where the components and software they run on are more important than the roadways and airways.
Is not inequality natural? Are we not born unequal? Are not some gifted with genetic advantage? Since complete equality is impossible for all people, the only meaning of the motto can be the aspiration for a reduction in inequality. This being so, His Grace would urge all MPs to treat the Speaker as their equal: not to accord him reverence or respect; not to get out of his way as he walks down the corridors of the Palace of Westminster; not to obey his commands in the chamber; and not to believe he is in any sense superior to them, for all are equal.
Unless, of course, John Bercow is more equal than others.
Monday, 28 November 2011
Captive Media markets urinals with built-inn video games to combat l'ennui pissoirs.
- How much beer are these lads drinking that they have time to play the viddies while having a slash?
- Why doesn't the landlord save money and adopt what they do down my local of tacking up the sports pages over the conveniences?
Sort of. I'm well enough to get back to the computer–though it's the netbook and I'm confined to bed most of the day. It'll be posting as I come across interesting things during the day until I'm properly up and about.
Either that, or a stream of conciousness account of some of the more vivid hallucinations if I get my meds wrong.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
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Friday, 18 November 2011
Isaac Asimov visits the first L5 space colony in 2026.
I remember when the idea for these had a vogue in the 1970s. Then and now it struck me that the whole project was a classic example of brilliant engineering combined with wild optimism and no understanding of economics. It's like living on an aircraft carrier and never being allowed to go on deck.
Or worse, a small university campus that you can never escape from. My personal vision of Hell.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
The Art of Manliness looks at 15 real-life spy gadgets from the Second World War and the Cold War. Small wonder that the man who was the inspiration for Q was unimpressed by his fictional successor's work.
As a side note, one bit of trivia they missed was that some of the maps printed on silk were made with invisible ink and passed off as handkerchiefs. The downed pilot could make the map visible using a chemical that he was guaranteed to have with him in unlimited supply. Though it did make the map smelly.
Three interesting features: First, it incorporates photovoltaic cells for no logical reason given the tiny area they cover. Second, the outer shell is biodegradable, which is greenspeak for "prone to rot". And third, to use this, you have to sit on the floor, which means that it's about as undignified and uncomfortable to get in and out of as an Italian sports car.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
To cap it all, comic book artist Frank Miller has a message for the Occupiers:
Occupy’ is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.
Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy. Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism. And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently – must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh – out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.That would be a Down Twinkles.
Update: Not just explosives, but explosives made into weapons banned by the Hague and Geneva conventions, which makes the Portland Three terrorists.
Health Minister Edwin Poots has said he will consider banning smoking in all cars and not just those with children as passengers.Dear God, Why don't they just drop the pretence, herd us into pens and start selective breeding?
Monday, 14 November 2011
As many as 10 of the existing 36 infantry battalions and five of the 11 Royal Armoured Corps regiments could be lost as the Army cuts up to 16,500 posts in the next three years.I was going to say "decimate", but that only means getting rid of one in ten. This is wholesale disarmament. We have got to get shot of this villainous political class or there won't be a Britain left to save.
|Maybe they're just following His example.|
Instapundit says that Mr Soetoro turning out to be the next Jimmy Carter is the best case scenario. Frankly, I think we're in James Buchanan territory now.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
NASA is looking into using the SpaceX Dragon for a Mars mission that could be cheaper and more efficient.
As I've said before, the real Space Age will begin the same way the Age of Exploration did; not with quirky and expensive experimental vehicles built for specific mission, but with general commercial craft that can do the job in their stride.
Steve Crowder goes under deep cover
The "Occupy" movement is looking more and more like a bowel movement every day. Here's what they've accomplished:
- Mindless rioting pretending it's the 1926 general strike
- "Non-violent" protesters debating ad nauseum about why violence is justified
- A president who supports them, yet takes more money from Wall Street than anyone else
- People just generally getting bored with them
- Lots and lots of violence and vandalism
- A new low in civil discourse and even basic logic
- An inability to do more than ape the hippies of the 1960s
- Refining the fine art of punching out photographers
- Becoming flat-out mobs
- Another dead body in camp
- Another attack on journalists
- One of their founders charged with contempt of court
- Carrying water for the very people who caused the problem in the first place
- "Occupations" that could fit in a taxi
- Champions of the workers attacking street vendors
- Revealing the complicity of the MSM
- Terrorising businesses
- Making New York about as attractive to business as a battle zone
- Revealing double standards that the Left benefits from
- No bread sticks, no peace
- Electing a dog as leader
- Attacking a bank and then depositing money in it
- Did we mention the Anti-Semitism?
- Occupy Whitehorse folds up because he got cold
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
|The Bill of Rights|
Lawyers will try and persuade you that since GB has no written Constitution it has no Constitution. This is not so, we have 'Constitutional Documents' of which by far the most important are the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Rights 1688, the result of James II demise. The reason these carry more weight is that in both cases the Rule of Law had broken down and the documents represented the conditions under which the rebels would give their Consent to the Rule of Law.
With the illegal Junta in power and her majesty unwilling to dismiss them, the rule of law has certainly been tossed out the window, so maybe it's time that those conditions be announced again.
|Unfortunate accident or the result of defence cuts?|
Normally, I'm of the watch and wait mind on this sort of thing, but given the criminal (and I do mean that literally) cuts the RAF has suffered, I want the Red Arrows' maintenance budget gone over with a fine tooth comb and if there's been any skimping, then I want to see prison sentences handed out–and as high up as possible.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
From the BBC:
Now we know where their loyalties lie and it isn't with Britain.
God help us.
The UK could potentially give up to £40bn to the IMF to help the global economy, Treasury Chief Secretary Daniel "Danny" Alexander has said.Marvellous. It's bad enough that the illegal junta lead by the traitor David Cameron acts like it's keeping New Labour's seat warm for them, guts the constitution on a bizarre whim, and cuts back the defence budget to the point where the seas around Britain are literally undefended; now they want to take enough money to build an entire nuclear-powered carrier group and hand the lot over the European Empire via an IMF money laundering scheme.
Now we know where their loyalties lie and it isn't with Britain.
God help us.
Telegraph that the EU is a dead tyranny walking:
Beekeepers face being driven out of business by a European court ruling that pollen must be listed as an ingredient of honey.No wonder the Empire has to go cap in hand to the Chicoms!
For the grown up eight-year old; a pocket case with a cigarette compartment, writing tablet, telescoping pencil, stamp container, five-inch rule, lighter, pocket knife and watch.
It's utterly ludicrous and impractical and I want one so bad that it hurts.
Monday, 7 November 2011
I love it when the camera swings and we see how tiny a collection the 99 percent are.
Let's have the run down:
- Rape shelters
- Assaulting reporters
- Attacking old women
- Going berserk at a McDonald's after demanding free food
- The one percent of the 99 percent
- Woman found dead in camp
- Rampant vandalism
- Setting up "model societies" that are exercises in anarchy with Fascism in the wings
- $10 million arson job
- And, of course the rampage in Oakland
The more I look at this nasty little echo of 1968, the more I believe that this is the true face of the Left* laid naked. Hopefully, we'll be paying attention this time.
*At least, the foot soldiers that the Political Class have abandoned.
Update: Felony arrests, "Shut down Burger King"...
Update: The MSM's double standard and the "urban Burning Man festival".
Update: Unemployed puppeeters who can't find jobs in their field.
Friday, 4 November 2011
|How they shipped all this to Mars dominates the first third of the film.|
The premise is that just before the fake mission to Mars was about to begin, the Mars simulation gear develops a glitch that would have meant scrubbing the mission. Fearing embarrassment and a loss of credibility, ESA tries to cover up for the failure of the fake mission by actually sending the team to Mars to send back videos from the "fake" red planet. Unfortunately, now that the "mission" is over, the crew knows too much and has to be shut up. Permanently.
I think it's got box office potential.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
I agree with a lot of Mim Bits's points. I'd even go farther about this is another example of people stuck in offices using a supped up version of Powerpoint to distract them from the depressing fact that they're working in offices. But I do have a few questions:
- Why the deuce don't they think more about what people actually need? I'd be content if windows opened up and videos played as fast and reliably as they do here.
- Does that little, badly designed smart phone project the graphics on any surface or do I need to install "smart" furniture all over the place just to set up an interface?
- Instead of locking out the stolen phone and wiping the memory, why doesn't it do something useful? I'd suggest a coil of primer cord installed in the phone. One keystroke and I'd hear a satisfying WHUMP off in the distance.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Two unmanned Chinese spacecraft, the Shenzou 8 and the Tiangong 1, have rendezvoused and docked in low Earth orbit. With this, the People’s Republic of China took a step closer toward fulfilling its ambitions of becoming a major space-faring nation. If this mission continues to prove successful, China will be on the road toward its goal of building a manned space station by 2020. Read More
Born Rich looks at the world's most luxurious airlines.
Nice if you've got the dosh (and you'd better have a heck of a lot of it to throw around), but I remember a time when I could get a third class seat and still be treated as something other than two-legged cattle. True, I understand the economics at play, but I can't help feeling that something else has been lost by both the providers and the purchasers of today. Airlines do everything short of putting up wooden benches and scattering straw on the deck while passengers show up dressed like sloppy children and acting like them as well. I often wonder which is encouraging which.
oh, for a more civilised age.
Thanks to the insane budget cuts inflicted on the Royal Navy by Mr David Cameron's illegal junta, there is no longer a warship available to defend Britain's coasts.
We are right in it.
We are right in it.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
|About as useful for light as the other "alternatives"|
The lights are going out all over Europe–metaphorically and literally.
"Productivity Future Vision"; winner of the creepy title of the year award
You can tell that Microsoft produced this; a collection of not very well thought out designs overloaded with features that are confusing, buggy and aim at solving non-existent problems. The last thing I want is a kitchen counter that has to download the latest software updates before I can chop an onion.
Don't get me wrong. I love digital gadgetry. It's what allows me to make a living as a writer and if netbooks and wifi had been around 30 years ago, I'd have said, "Screw the PhD". However, this is farcical overload.
Moral of the story: iPads have their place, but I'm still tucking my Moleskine and pen in my jacket when I leave the house.
Over at the Spectator, Ian Milne looks at what steps would be required for Britain to declare independence and leave the European Empire in two years' time.
Actually, two years is 729 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes too long. All we need to do is vote to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and we're out. The rest is just house cleaning.
Some critics have pointed out that leaving the Empire would mean a nightmare of negotiating an avalanche of bilateral agreements to replace those with the Empire, but I prefer a simple solution to this that is also a neat little twist of the knife. Instead of negotiating new treaties with France or Germany or Poland, Britain should take the euro-tyrants at their word about "ever closer union" and refuse to recognise the existence of any of the member states. We could simply close our embassies in Paris, Berlin, Madrid or wherever, expand the one in Brussels and appoint a new ambassador to the Empire.
You want a meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Sarkosy? Sorry, he doesn't have time to chat with lowly provincial governors.