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DUCK DUCK GO

By Pete Moore On January 23rd, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Google is threatening to pull out of Australia.

The government is introducing a law to address a long-bubbling row over whether tech giants should pay for news that appears in search or is shared on their platforms.

The proposed law would mandate that Google has commercial agreements with every news organisation – or enter forced arbitration, something Google says is “unworkable”.

Pffft. I don’t have an opinion. I suppose Google attracts hits with its news-gathering but it’s also directing traffic to the news providers. Maybe it’s a row which doesn’t need to happen. I’m not qualified to say.

Australians needn’t worry if Google does pull out. It does evil. I tried Duck Duck Go a few years ago and wasn’t impressed. I tried it again this week and it’s much better. I’ve set it as my default search engine (after googling how to do it). I know Google has many services which DDG doesn’t have but many other firms do. I don’t see a downside in Google retreating and others moving in.

I LIKE JOE BIDEN

By Pete Moore On January 23rd, 2021 at 5:16 pm

There’s a new show in town. My new administration resolution is no jokes, no pretence, just honest comment. So yes, I like Joe Biden. I know you’re shocked that anyone might like the corrupt, dishonest girl-sniffer but it’s true. Hey he’s been in Washington for almost half a century. If he wasn’t loaded and had told a few porkies that would be suspicious.

I like his style and swagger. Joe Biden is alway impeccably turned out. His suits are perfect and he has a great eye for colour. I like his enormous grin. It’s an honest grin and it’s very attractive. He’s an actor but there’s no affectation with the grin. He looks like he genuinely thinks everyone’s pleased to see him.

He not too vain. Conservatives like to think that lefties are the effete ones, but it’s Trump who dyes his hair and paints his head orange and thinks it’s an improvement. Tough-guy prosecutor Giuliani dyes his hair too, badly. How he’ll live that down I don’t know. Tell Joe Biden that he’s grey and you’ll get “Of course I’m grey, I’m 78 years old, now get outta here”.

Biden punches back. Politicians should be as polite as possible but the rules don’t say they have to be punchbags (looking at Tories now). When someone swings at Biden he swings back. He speaks in plain English, outside of set-piece speeches. Maybe it’s the only English he knows, but he doesn’t use language to impress.

He’s tough and resilient. The tragedy he once suffered would have finished some men. He gathered himself and came right back. Years later he’s in no danger of succumbing to the presidential cult of personality. No matter how sycophantic the media will be (and it will be, let”s be honest) he’ll see through it.

So there you go. I like Joe Biden the man. I like a few politicians who would never bat for my team. I’d have a drink with George Galloway, for instance. I think he’d make interesting and warm company. So when I discuss what Biden or his administration does it won’t be coloured because I don’t like him, because I do.

PUTIN’S IN A PICKLE

By Pete Moore On January 23rd, 2021 at 4:51 pm

What does Putin do? Pro-Navalny demonstrations have taken place across many Russian cities today. They weren’t the biggest demonstrations ever seen but they were blatant and defiant. If Putin cracks down on the demos and jails Nabalny for a long time he risks stoking opposition. If he doesn’t do so he appears weak with elections coming up. I don’t know what Putin’s actual popularity is in Russia but every leader, whoever they are, has a shelf life. If they hang around long enough everyone becomes tired of them in the end.

Henry Aaron has passed

By Phantom On January 23rd, 2021 at 12:03 am

Hank Aaron has died at the age of 86. He was important, in the history of baseball, and the history of America.

He broke the Babe Ruth’s all time home run record in 1974. As he drew close to the record, he endured significant racial abuse, a lot of nasty letters. Many didn’t want the record of the beloved Ruth to be broken, many didn’t want it to be broken by a black man.

Ruth was a flamboyant New York Yankees megastar from an earlier day, Aaron was the reserved man who played for the Milwaukee, then Atlanta Braves. All he did was get a bunch of hits and home runs every year.

I saw Hank Aaron at the end of his career, in the seventies. He was then playing for the Milwaukee Brewers against the NY Yankees. He wasn’t the real Hammerin’ Hank anymore, but he did slap a double down the left field line that I remember.

The announcer here is Vin Scully, universally regarded as the best broadcaster in US baseball history. He broadcast Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers games for an incredible span from 1950 through 2016. When Aaron visited the long lost Ebbets Field as a rookie in 1954, Scully would have been in the booth.

When does the Impeachment of Barack Obama Begin?

By Patrick Van Roy On January 22nd, 2021 at 11:23 pm

As more and more EVIDENCE comes to the fore that President Obama was aware of and directly involved in the Cover up of Hillary Clintons Crimes, and directed the Frame and attempted coupe against Donald Trump. When will his Impeachment begin?

We already have more evidence against Obama than has ever existed against Trump, we have a guilty plea. As more Guilty Pleas and Convictions take place over the next 2 years the case for Impeaching Obama only grows stronger.

He must be Impeached to remove his ability to run any political operation and be prosecuted for crimes that have occurred under his Presidency that he was complicit in.

Steele’s foreign interference in our election

By Patrick Van Roy On January 22nd, 2021 at 9:52 pm

Dossier author Christopher Steele admitted to the FBI that he leaked the Russia collusion story during the height of the 2016 election to help Hillary Clinton overcome her lingering email scandal and because he believed Donald Trump’s election would be bad for U.S. relations with his home country of Britain, according to documents declassified by the president in his final full day in office. 

“STEELE explained that as the election season went on, they as a company were riding two horses — their client and the FBI — and after FBI Director James Comey’s reopening of the Hillary Clinton investigation, they had to pick one horse and chose the business client relationship over the relationship with the FBI,” the interview report stated.

 “They followed what their client wanted, and they spoke to the press,” the report noted.

You can read the full interview report here.

The “Client” was Hillary Clinton.

Stories that won’t go away

By Patrick Van Roy On January 22nd, 2021 at 9:37 pm

FBI agents became so frustrated that they were being stonewalled from securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to investigate the foreign money plot that they even escalated to then-FBI Director James Comey, according to the memos declassified by President Trump on Tuesday night and obtained by Just the News.

You can read the memos here.

The memos don’t offer any further evidence that a FISA warrant was ever approved. Instead, they show that FBI leadership ultimately decided to give Clinton’s team a defensive briefing in October 2015 as her presidential campaign geared up. The briefing was given to her legal team led by David Kendall and Katherine Turner, the memos show.

“Kendall and Turner were advised the FBI was providing them with this briefing for awareness and so Ms. Clinton could take appropriate action to protect herself,” a summary memo stated. “They were also told the FBI was seeking their assistance to identify other appropriate recipients of the brief, if any.”

But getting one against Trump, and the Trump Campaign was no problem. Just one of many examples of abuse of power that will be presented for you. Example after example of a corrupt two tier Justice system.

Interesting

By Patrick Van Roy On January 22nd, 2021 at 9:30 pm

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Wednesday ejected Gardner’s appeal, after being disqualified last month from the case by Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer, according to the Washington Examiner.

Gardner was taken off the McCloskey case after she was found to have initiated a “criminal prosecution for political purposes” following reports that she used the charges to send out fundraising emails for her reelection bid, Circuit Judge Thomas Clark said.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On January 22nd, 2021 at 7:26 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

I have new radiators, proper state of the art jobs. Thanks to all the regulations and laws they have to comply with they are vastly over-engineered and unfathomable. I might be able to set them properly just in time for the Spring, I reckon. Then I won’t abe able to turn them off.

“The Beatles weren’t a live band”, say people who know nothing about them. They were a great live band. By the time they’d stopped touring in 1966 they’d played something like a thousand gigs and, in Liverpool and Hamburg, often twice a day. The result was an unbelievably tight band, as we see here. It’s a famous song, we all know it, but not many people have heard it like this. I love that John Lennon loves his mate’s song so much he can’t help bopping away and singing along although he doesn’t have a vocal and is nowhere near the mic. And check the crowd. It’s electric even now, but in 1964 this was a revolution.

Have a great weekend on your essential journey only not too far from home. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

THERE’S A BETTER WAY

By Pete Moore On January 22nd, 2021 at 6:52 pm

The same headlines and the same stories, every day now.

A 15-year-old boy has died after being attacked in a residential street by a group of youths “armed with knives”.

It happens every day because our society has been engineered to produce these things and no-one talks about it. But we know what always goes unsaid: there won’t be one father at home among this “group of youths”. They’d have been raised in a welfare-soaked single-parent council flat, or in local authority care, without discipline, without hope and without aspiration.